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25 Green Desserts to Enjoy on St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's Day is about more than green beer and corned beef. It's the perfect time to make a festive green dessert. Try our recipes for mint ice cream, pistachio fluff, Key lime pie and more.

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Pistachio Mallow Fluff

Sometimes known as “Watergate Salad,” this pistachio fluff is a classic 1970s dessert. However, we think pistachios, pineapple and plenty of fluff is a timeless combination. Add a few extra drops of food coloring and you’ve got one of our favorite green desserts for St. Patrick’s Day.

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Shamrock Cookies

A list of green desserts without shamrock cookies? Not a chance! A handy cookie cutter shapes these sensational sweets. With a hint of mint flavor, these shamrock cookies are especially yummy with hot cocoa or chocolate milk.
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Pistachio and Coconut Cake

This coconut cake is good any time of the year, but the color is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. The secret is adding instant pistachio pudding mix into the cake mix and the frosting.
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St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes

These St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes never last long. The pistachio pudding mix gives them a mild flavor and their pretty pastel color makes them a perfect green dessert for this lively holiday.
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Mint Chocolate Cheesecake

A splash of creme de menthe gives this cheesecake its signature flavor and color. Community Cook and recipe creator Sue Gronholz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, says that you can stir chopped up cookie pieces right into the batter for extra crunch.
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Fluffy Key Lime Pie

Need green desserts fast? This no-bake pie uses whipped topping, gelatin and Key lime yogurt for a fuss-free filling.
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Minty Ice Cream Shamrocks

With a soft, chewy chocolate cookie and festive mint ice cream, these fun desserts are a sweet delight on St. Patrick’s Day. You can cut out the cookie wafers in any shape you choose and use any flavor ice cream. Try heart shapes for Valentine’s Day filled with strawberry ice cream.
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Coconut Pistachio Pie

Our Test Kitchen skipped the traditional graham cracker crust for this recipe. Instead, we used toasted coconut that pairs so well with pistachio. It’s one of those green desserts we can’t get enough of—no matter what time of year.
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Easy Mint Thins

When we say easy, we mean easy. These chocolate-mint treats start with Ritz crackers. To make them look over-the-top for St. Patrick’s Day (or any holiday), finish with plenty of sprinkles and a drizzle of chocolate.
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Mint Swirl Fudge Cake

This might not look like a green dessert at first, but slice into this Bundt cake and find a beautiful green ribbon of mint filling. You can give your guests a little preview by sprinkling chopped chocolate-mint candies on top.
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Pistachio Cookies

In need of a bite-size green dessert? These extra-tender cookies fit the bill. This recipe uses pistachio pudding mix, almond extract and toasted pecans for three times the nutty flavor.
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Creme de Menthe Cupcakes

We use creme de menthe liqueur (the term means “mint cream” in French) to add a cool touch to these impressive mascarpone-frosted cupcakes. With a few drops of food dye, you can transform these cupcakes into tasty green desserts.
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Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

With a good ice cream maker at home, stirring up homemade ice cream anytime is a breeze. Add a few drops of food dye to this recipe for the signature mint green color.
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Lime-in-the-Coconut Almond Bark

Think outside the brown box with chocolate bark recipes. This one combines white baking chips, lime zest, coconut and almonds for a tropical-inspired treat.
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Pistachio Buttons

This cookie recipe makes a big batch, which comes in handy when hosting. The green center adds a festive touch for Christmas or St. Patrick’s Day.
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Good Luck Irish Cookies

This is one of those green desserts that you’ll crave well beyond St. Pat’s Day. Good thing drop cookies like these are so easy to make.
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Raspberry Matcha Cake Roll

Not all green desserts use food coloring. Matcha gives this cake a vibrant color. This tender cake roll with whipped cream has a very light texture and is perfect for spring.
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Frozen Grasshopper Torte

If you want to add more food coloring to this dessert, feel free! A few drops will make this a very festive green dessert. For best results, remove it from the freezer about 15 minutes before slicing.
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Chocolate Mint Creams

These chocolate-mint cookies are reminiscent of everyone’s favorite Girl Scout cookie. If you love this flavor combo, we’ve got plenty more chocolate-mint desserts to try.
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Red Curry-Pandan Ice Cream

The curry and coconut flavors are subtle, allowing the flavor of pandan leaves to shine. Pandan is a tropical plant that grows in Southeast Asia with a naturally sweet, bright flavor. This might be an unexpected ice cream flavor, but one that’s worth trying for adventurous eaters in search of green desserts.
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Clover Rice Crispy Bars

These sweet snacks are like the pot of gold at the end of your family’s feast. With their yummy peppermint and marshmallow flavor, they’ll make even those without Irish hearts happy. These rice crispy bars will have the cook smiling, too, because they’re so easy to assemble.
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Nana’s Chocolate Cupcakes with Mint Frosting

Andes candies star in so many of our favorite desserts (check out these Andes mint cookies and mint brownie dessert). Here, we use it for topping.
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Butter Mint Cookies

Sometimes all you need is an extra dose of sprinkles or colored sugar to transform a simple, sweet creation into a St. Patrick’s Day green dessert.
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Grasshopper Pie

Start with a premade crust for this no-bake pie. Don’t forget to add a sprinkling of chocolate-mint cookies on top as a finishing touch!
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Easy Pistachio Tube Cake

Mixes make this green dessert easy to fix. For best results, use a fluted tube pan with a less elaborate design. It’ll make getting the cake out of the Bundt pan a cinch.

Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. Lisa is also dedicated to finding and testing the best ingredients, kitchen gear and home products for our Test Kitchen-Preferred program. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.